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When I am dead, my dearest, don’t stick my bones
together with Scotch tape. Do not try to fit them
underneath a frame. Use them, one by one,
as a weapon, a gavel. My bones,
they can be good back scratchers, honey mixers,
and hands of clocks.

You can toss them across space
and see how far they’ll glide until another hand
slips across it. When I am dead, dearest,
thread my bones to the top of a mountain.

The next time you arrive at a glass sea,
spill it boldly. Spell your life in two parts,
watch them float until they descend
like a weight down into that container.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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KaylynnKalidescope said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm:
This is beatiful. I love the way you mixed death with the words you used to describe you're thoughts. Fantastic.
 
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IttehBitteh said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm:
these people..are trying to look really smart with their comments haha i dont exactly understand it you should add on and maybe put a explantion but thats just me
 
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Courtney C. said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm:
wow. i think its great. your an amazing poet :)
 
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Moshu said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm:
How chilling! It was so lighthearted it was disturbing. I wish I could know where you got your inspiration for it! Very clear and precise.
 
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francheeze88 said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 2:41 am:
Wow, I love this. You write about death in such an optimistic and beautiful way.
 
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torinb10 said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 1:20 am:
wow ur amazing
 
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Audrey G. said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 12:28 am:
This is absolutely incredible. I love it, the theme, the tone, the way you crafted the sentences, the way the words are strung together. It almost makes no sense at all, but it is very enlightening.
 
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Mena<3 said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm:
this is really good; it has alot of meaning=]
 
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middlesage said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:25 am:
i loved this.
 
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KathleenE. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm:
I like this a lot. Did you get the inspiration from the Steve Kowit book? If so, I especially like how you completley transformed the poem. It went in such an unexpected way. I think it gets really good in the last 2 stanzas.
 
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Rose W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm:
I really love this. Doesn't need to be any clearer. It has the perfect balance of structure and mystery. Great job.
 
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Amanda B. said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm:
that was deeeep,it ment so much to me,
I cant even tell you
 
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CloudedCrystal said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 1:36 am:
I love this poem! It has a sorta eerie element of romance what with the bones and such. lol. its deep. keep writin!
 
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KissMe** said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 12:22 am:
this poem was deep. . . i liked it. . . very deep. . . sounds like something i might write. . . :)
 
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YeseniaG said...
Mar. 28, 2009 at 2:50 am:
Interesting concept!
 
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Matt B. said...
Mar. 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm:
your poem is fantastic! i adore its theme and tone. but i must ask, is there a hidden meaning in this poem?
 
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